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Re: William Hendren, Sr. Revolutionary War Service
Posted by: lori HANDREN (ID *****4002) Date: March 10, 2011 at 10:10:35
In Reply to: Re: William Hendren, Sr. Revolutionary War Service by John Hendron of 735

Going over my research again... here is what I have...

Henry Handren/Hanrahan Sr.. born 9/7/1792 in Tusket River, NS Died 11/8/1865
married 3 times..
1st wife - unknown but had 2 sons by her..
James Theo born 12/22/1822
Henry Jr born 2/24/185 both in St. Martins NB

2nd wife - Mary Templeman - children:
Geoge William
John Wills
Samuel Edward
Hope (Mary)Elizabeth
Thomas W (Mary died giving birth to Thomas)

3rd wife - Julie Tabor - no children

William Handren Born - 1781 St. John Canada died 1832 lost at sea

Married Sally Small
WIlliam Jr.

From the old story that I have is that Henry's father or grandfather had come over from Scotland (but was from Ireland) Like I mentioned that there was one brother I found, John.. but nothing else... In reading your note.. and in thinking of the note that was written by an Aunt Ida telling her story of her family, the name was Hanrahan and it was changed when he (he meaning eithr Henry's father or grandfather) fled Ireland and went to Scotland then on to NS... so when I found the land grant that had John Hanrahan on it.. and actually on Henry's land grant he is referred to as Handren AND Hanrahan on the same paper.. so that is confirming to me that her story has merit... now, also, it was mentioned that when the 5 brothers came here... 2 went to Canada and the other 3 went to the US (or the other way around) because they were Loyalists and the others werent...

On the William side.. I found him on the vital records when he and Sally got married in Mass. in 1809

I would love to hear more about your older Hendrens that you mentioned... I am sure that I have given you the story of the Aunt Ida... but let me give it to you again..This is just an excerp of the full letter. it reads....

I forget in whose reign it was that the King or¬dered, all who were loyal to England to come out of the United States and settle in Canada. Those who did were called "Loyalists”; my ancestors were among them. The Loyalists settled mostly in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and endured terrible hardships.

Now, to go back to my great-grandfather. Our original name was Hanrahan. These people lived in Dublin, Ireland; were brewers and quite well—to-do. Their de¬scendants are still there, and still in the same business, so far as I know. Some time before Uncle John Handren’s death, when he was abroad, he stopped off in Dublin. He looked the Hanrahan place over, but did not make himself known. He said he and Henry Hanrahan looked enough alike to be brothers. These people, as you may guess, are Catholics. Great-Grandfather was sent to a college in Dublin to prepare for the priesthood. Somehow while there he became converted to Protestantism, and began studying to be a physician. It wasn’t long before the priests let his father know what had happened, and he was banished from home. However, his Mother stood by him and supplied him with money. When he graduated he left Ireland and went to Scotland. It was then he changed his name from Hanrahan to Handren. He married a lady of the Loudoun Clan, which is a branch of the Campbells. They moved to Nova Scotia, and had four sons. But the Catholics never forgave him for de¬serting their faith, and kept track of him. One afternoon he went fishing; when he did not come by dark, his wife went looking for him and found him murdered. While she was out of the house, three or four men entered, took all the relig¬ious and medical books and burned them. These strange men had been seen about the place for several days, but nothing was thought unusual about it. My Mother was very bitter against the Catholics, as it was her grandfather who was killed. She used to say they would do the same now to Protestants, if they dared. However, I do not feel that way about it, and correspond with three or four Catholic ladies.

Let me know what you think....

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